Chennai Rates e-Book ¥ ¢ ¤ £ © ¢ ¨ ¡ § ¢ ¤ ¦ § Diesel/l Rs.75.59 Gold (24k) Rs.5181 gm Petrol/l Rs 84.14 Silver Rs.68.10/gm CHENNAI Tuesday 17-11-2020 VOL. 26 No.126 PAGES 4 ` 4.00 https://makkalkural.net/e-book https://trinitymirror.net/e-book NATIONAL DAILY FOR THE PEOPLE REGD. NO.TN/.CC (S) DN/134/18-20 RNI Regd.No. 62432/1995 TN PMG(CCR)/WPP No 676/18-20 Modi to attend virtual summit of BRICS New Delhi, Nov. 17: Prime Minister Na r e n d r a M o d i w i l l attend a virtual summit of the influential grouping BRICS on Tuesday which will focus on cooperation in counter-terrorism, trade, health, energy and ways to offset impact of the coronavirus pandemic. Chinese President Xi Jinping, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and Russian President Vladimir Putin are scheduled to attend the 12th summit of the BrazilRussia-India-China-South CM offers worship at Tirumala Tirupathi, Nov 17: Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami offered worship at the famous hill shrine of Lord Venkateswara at Tirumala along with his family members on Tuesday morning. The Tamil Nadu chief minister, who arrived at the main entrance of the hill temple, was accorded a traditional welcome by the priests and officials of the Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams, led by EO KS Jawahar Reddy. After being led into the sanctum sanctorum, T a m i l Na d u c h i e f minister along with his family members worshipped the presiding deity and later reached the Ranganayakula Mandapam, where they were rendered Ve d a A s i r v a c h a n a m by a battery of Veda pundits. Later TTD EO KS Jawahar Reddy handed o v e r t h e t e m p l e’ s Teertha Prasadams and a photo moment of Lord Venkateswara and Goddess Padmavathi Ammavaru to Tamil Na d u c h i e f m i n i s t e r Edappadi Palaniswami and his family members. Water levels in Chennai rise due to copious rains Chennai, Nov 17: The copious rains in the past few days has improved the water levels at all the reservoirs around Chennai. Chembarambakkam lake touched a storage level of over 2,700 mc ft, for the first time since 2015. Officials from the dam safety directorate surveyed the Chembarambakkam lake on Tuesday morning and said that things were under control. As of today morning, all four main reservoirs in the city - Poondi, Cholavaram, Redhills and Chembarambakkam saw water level higher than what was recorded the same time last year. In Poondi, the current storage stands at 1446 mcft (44% of its full capacity) compared to 1292 mc ft last year; Cholavaram has recorded 155 mcft (14% of full capacity) of water compared to 138 mc ft last year; Redhills has seen over 1000 mcft increase, recording 2403 mcft this year (72% of full capacity) compared to 1267 mcft last year and finally Chembarambakkam is currently at 2889 mcft compared to 460 mcft last year. Will Bidenism up Trumpism on China policy? -: R. Muthu Kumar :The die has been cast and irrespective of incumbent president D o n a l d J. T r u m p’ s shenanigans, it is now clear that Democrat Joe Biden will be the next President of the world’s oldest democracy, the United States of America. Given the US’s vast global outreach as a super power, foreign policy plays a critical role in any given American administration be it ruled by a Republican or a Democrat. Among the various topics of interest in the new dispensation’s foreign policy orientation under Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as Vice President will be the line of thought and action against China – a staunchly communist country that Trump painted totally red especially after the outbreak of the coronavirus or COVID-19. The US policy towards China and on the issue of South China Sea, which China wants to unilaterally dominate, has been hawkish over the years irrespective of who occupied the chair in the White House. Early indications from the Vice President-elect – who strongly dealt with China during his tenure as Vice President under – and his close aide show that Biden will continue to take a hawkish stand more or less on the lines of Donald Trump on China and South China Sea during his tenure. However, Biden is expected to pursue a stronger diplomatic engagement with other nations in the South East Asian region directly impacted by the goings on in the South China sea. Biden may pursue a stronger engagement with the region’s bloc after a lull of four years as Trump has been criticized for being more “transactional” in his approach by putting pressure on other nations to either pick the US or China. China’s militarisation of the region has raised concerns about trade disruptions, while its coast guard ships and maritime militia have regularly intruded into the waters of other nations, including the Philippines, which is a treaty ally of the US. Experts now predict Biden’s policy approach to be more regulated and “orderly” to step up the high-level outreach to the 10-nation Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). In fact, experts believe that Biden’s approach to China would be more coherent than the economic brinkmanship that Trump practiced and thrived on. As US President-elect, Biden quickly reaffirmed his country’s commitment to key US allies in the Asia-Pacific. In separate calls with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, Japan’s Yoshihide Suga and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Biden discussed the importance of bilateral relations in tackling key global challenges like the coronavirus pandemic and climate change. Post the call with Morrison, his transition team issued a statement saying that Biden looks forward to cooperating on “maintaining a secure and prosperous IndoPacific region”. IndoPacific is termed coined and regularly used by Trump and his policy advisors. Biden’s usage of the phrase may be a sign that while many aspects of his foreign policy will differ from that of his predecessor, some matters will stay the same. For detailed report visit: In Depth @ Trinity Mirror (https://www. trinitymirror.net/news/indepth/) Africa (BRICS) grouping. The BRICS summit is taking place at a time two of the bloc’s members, India and China, are locked in a bitter border standoff in eastern Ladakh for over six months. Both Modi and Xi had come face-to-face virtually at the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) on November 10. “At the invitation of President Putin, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be attending the 12th BRICS Summit hosted by Russia, under the theme ‘Global Stability, Shared Security and Innovative Growth’ on November 17,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement. The BRICS is known as an influential bloc that represents over 3.6 billion people, or half of the world’s population. The BRICS countries have a combined GDP of USD 16.6 trillion. The MEA said the leaders would be discussing intra-BRICS cooperation and key issues in the global context, including the reform of the multilateral system, measures to mitigate the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, cooperation in counterterrorism, trade, health, energy and people-topeople exchanges. “India will be taking over the chair of the BRICS, which would be the third BRICS Presidency for India since its inception (after 2012 and 2016) and will host the 13th BRICS summit in 2021,” the MEA said. Rs. 250 cr Manalur industrial park gets environmental clearance Chennai, Nov 17: The State Industries Promotion Corporation of Tamil Nadu Limited (Sipcot) has obtained environmental clearance for the development of an industrial park at Manallur and Soorapoondi villages in Gummidipoondi, Tiruvallur district. Spread over 691.587 acres, the tentative project cost is around Rs.250 crore. Sipcot is also in the process of establishing new industrial parks across Tamil Nadu in places including Manaparai, Thoothukudi Phase II, Manakudi, Thindivanam, Nemili and Sakkarakottai. The SIPCOT has obtained crucial environmental clearance from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoEF) for constructing an industrial park in 691 acres of barren government land in Tiruvallur district at Rs 250 cr The environmental clearance for polluting and non-polluting industries was obtained for the industrial park at Manallur and Soorapoondi villages of Gummidipoondi taluk. We started circulating the EC details to the public domain for investors and business captains to visit the site. Enquiries have started coming in. According to sources, The new park would be ready in another 6 to 9 months as the preliminary works, including approach roads through state highways and the master planning works, have commenced. Gummidipoondi industrial park is already full and the nearby Sri City promoted by Andhra Pradesh is also full. For business captains looking for new ventures and expansion, the Manallur site would be ideal and cost-effective. Plots ranging from 2 acres to 10 acres would be made available at competitive rates when compared to neighbouring states. Pharma and e-vehicles are the sectors that have the potential to flourish in Tamil Nadu. Previous industrial estates developed by the SIPCOT in the vicinity of Chennai, including Irungattukottai, Sriperumbudur, O r a g a d a m , Va l l a m Vadagal, Pillaipakkam, Gummidipoondi and Thervoykandigai, have been fully allotted and there is a need for augmenting industrial space for attracting new industries as well as the expansion of existing industries. The State had also acquired large tracts of land near the Manallur site, for Phase 2 expansion. Health sec warns against COVID fatigue Chennai, Nov 17: The adhering to social distancing and wearing of masks is not followed intensely in the recent times in Tamil Nadu and we must not give in to ‘Covid fatigue’ following the low number of daily positive cases, Health Secretary J Radhakrishnan has warned the district administrations across the State. “Since most states do antigen tests , we should be alert for travel related clusters also. Within state fever surveillance and monitoring trend of SARI and ILI is the key with follow up of positives through contact tracing and if two to three or more cases are traced to a function, family gathering, shops etc then too testing, isolation and treating should be done apart from containment at the place and source of occurence,” he said. Radhakrishnan pointed out that unless testing is increased to pre-festival levels, the State is likely to miss emerging hotspots and clusters. “Next 14 to 28 days is important,” he pointed. “There has been a sustained dip in positives and test positivity. However number tested is also coming down of late due to reduced number of persons coming to camps and correspondingly less numbers of persons to be traced as contact,” he added last 24 hours, taking the total count of cases to 4,89,202. With 99 deaths being reported in a day, the toll due to the disease reached 7,713. According to Delhi health department, 3,560 people recovered in 24 hours, taking the total recoveries to 4,41,361. Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal. assured that Delhi govt, Centre and all agencies making ‘double efforts’ to control COVID-19 situation in Delhi. New Delhi, Nov 17: The Delhi Police’s Special Cell has arrested two suspected Jaishe - M o h a m m e d ( Je M ) terrorists from Sarai Kale Khan area in southeast Delhi, officials said today. Abdul Latif Mir (22), a resident of Doru village in Baramulla district and Mohd. Ashraf Khatana (20), a resident of Hat Mulla village in Jammu and Kashmir’s Kupwara district, were nabbed on Monday night, they said. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) Sanjeev Kumar Yadav said, “On the basis of the information received, a trap was laid near Millennium Park, Sarai Kale Khan, and two suspected terrorists, who are residents of Jammu and Kashmir, were apprehended and t w o s e m i- a u t o m a t i c pistols along with 10 live cartridges have been recovered from them, he said. 2 JeM Kejriwal doubles efforts to control terrorists corona virus spread in Delhi held in Delhi New Delhi, Nov 17: The nation wide daily tally of COVID 19 fresh cases dropped below 30,000 for the first time in four months - taking India’s total virus caseload to 88.74 lakh, according to the health ministry report today.New Delhi, Maharashtra, West Bengal and Kerala are among the states that have recorded a spike in the coronavirus cases. And Delhi was worst hit with as many as 3,797 new Covid-19 cases were reported in the Obama’s fascination for Ramayana, Mahabharata Washington, Nov 17: Former US President Barack Obama said that he has always held a special place for India due to his childhood years spent in Indonesia listening to the epic Hindu tales of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata. Maybe it was its (India’s) sheer size, with one-sixth of the world’s population, an estimated two thousand distinct ethnic groups, and more than seven hundred languages spoken, Obama writes on his fascination of India in his latest book ‘A Promised Land’. Obama says he had never been to India before his Presidential visit in 2010, but the country had “always held a special place in my imagination”. Maybe it was because I’d spent a part of my childhood in Indonesia listening to the epic Hindu tales of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata, or because of my interest in Eastern religions, or because of a group of Pakistani and Indian college friends who’d taught me to cook dahl and keema and turned me on to Bollywood movies, Obama writes. In “A Promised Land”, Obama gives an account of his journey from the 2008 election campaign to the end of his first term with the daring Abbottabad (Pakistan) raid that killed al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden. “A Promised Land” is the first of two planned volumes. The first part hit bookstores globally on Tuesday.